I am always inspired by some unusual dynamic that centres on life, energy, movement and colour.
My motivation for this piece was the Cape Weaver’s vibrant colour, energy and instinctual dedication to his task of securing a mate by building the most attractive nest possible. He is a successful competitor and hard worker. My challenge as an artist lay in the replication of his intricate and complex creation in a painterly form without getting too bogged in painstakingly copying every blade of grass and feather. I did not want to draw too much attention away from our little hero – the master homemaker. He hangs upside down with wings agitating, his face and head turned toward his prospective mate with an undeniable confidence. He utilizes his natural resources so brilliantly and efficiently – without any noise or chemical pollution in contrast to our generally abusive approach.
Description: Cape Weaver.
Medium: Oil on Belgian Linen.
Dimensions: 26cm x 30cm
Permanent collection of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA. www.lywam.org
2013 Exhibited with, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Bird’s in Art exhibit, Wisconsin, USA. www.lywam.org/birdsinart
Woodson Art Museum. Wausau, Wisconsin.
September 7 – November 10, 2013
Heritage Center. State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Bismarck, North Dakota
March 1 – June 30, 2014
Steamboat Art Museum. Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
July 19 – September 13, 2014
Michelson Museum of Art. Marshall, Texas.
November 4 – December 31, 2014